28 February 2008

Guns In Israel, More Questions From Readers

Red wanted to know, "How difficult is it for an Israeli citizen to obtain a carry permit?"

Israeli citizens over the age of 21, regardless of race and religion, are entitled to apply for a Carry Permit. That means that here in Israel, there are Arabs, many of whom are related to known terrorists, walking around with legal handguns.

The powers that be here in Israel understand that more guns in the hands of law abiding citizens means better security for all. So they issue carry permits on an as needed basis to everyone over 21 that has a valid need.

Valid need can be a business need (if you deal in large amounts of cash, diamonds...), Security guards, and anyone living in a dangerous area (small towns, border areas, etc), Volunteer Auxiliary Police, etc.

Ambulance drivers, paramedics, firemen, mail carriers, all are issued pistol permits almost automatically.

The license process takes 3 months. Your health, mental stability, and criminal background are thoroughly checked. And new immigrants need 3 years of citizenship prior to obtaining a carry permit.

If you have any questions, let me know and I'll try and answer them.


Anonymous said...

Is simply self defense in general a valid reason?

DoubleTapper said...

Self defense itself is not a valid reason, but if you work in a dangerous profession, or live in a dangerous area, that will qualify you.

SabaShimon said...

If I've been away for a number of years, but have had ezrachut since the late '70's and served in a combat unit, do I have to wait 3 years for a permit, or am I "grandfathered" in?


DoubleTapper said...

Shimon- It doesn't matter what unit you were in or how long you've been living in the diaspora, the waiting period for Israeli's is 3 months.

Just go to the local Ministry of Interior office and fill out the papers, pay the fees and wait for the approval...


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